A Time of Panic, Tiger King, and No Toilet Paper

April 12, 2020 – Adrianna Holt, Adult Services / Passport Agent

On a normal, non-quarantine, non-pandemic type of day, instead of typing my thoughts down about what I’m doing during this time of panic, Tiger King, and no toilet paper, I’d be working at the Adult Services desk. I would be handling phone calls, taking interlibrary loan requests and filling others, putting up a display on jokes or rain since it’s April, assisting someone on one of our many public computers, or being a Passport Acceptance Agent and helping someone get their passport or renew it. Unfortunately (because I really do miss being at the library), I understand it is for the safety of myself and others, I’ve been at home for the last (basically) four weeks.

What have I been doing? 

Binge Watching TV: Since the library has closed, I’ve watched copious amounts of TV. Finished some shows, rewatched others, started new ones and quickly finished them. The type of shows that I tend to watch are varied but lean towards anime, fantasy, food documentaries, humor, and science fiction. However, like many others, I have fallen victim to also watching the Tiger King documentary on Netflix. Other shows that pop up on my “Keep Watching” or “Next Up” or “Watch Again” lists would be: Archer, BoJack Horseman, Cautious Hero, Ghost Adventures, Parks and Recreation, Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, Ugly Delicious, and The Witcher.

Suggestion for TV Show Based on Books: A Series of Unfortunate Events (book series written by Lemony Snicket)

Gaming: I feel like I’m back in middle and high school by playing Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Sunshine, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

Suggestion for Science Fiction Book about Gamers: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Learning/Refreshing Myself on German

Suggestion for Language Book: Hide This French Book by APA Publications (warning: it is not for children)

Petting or Snuggling My Cats: Social Distancing/ Quarantine has its perks… For pets . Although some may say that dogs rather than cats are happier that people are staying at home (which everyone should be doing), my cats have been quite pleased that I’ve been home 24/7. I have two kitties that have constantly cuddled, followed, meowed, played, and tried to trip me for the last few weeks. It’s good that I love my cats because they’ve been my only companions (besides my husband) for awhile.

Suggestion for Humorous Pet Book: How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

Reading: I have been reading Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series. Currently, I’m about to finish book 3, The Baptism of Fire, and I would suggest this series to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre. Also, I read random articles on the internet, that either have to do with COVID-19 or Tiger King or other things I can find on Pocket Tab (recently read about the history of jaywalking).

I hope that everyone is reading and staying safe.

Sincerely, Picking My Book Back Up,



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